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DODGE CHALLENGER ACR REPORTEDLY INBOUND

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Dodge Challenger ACR
The Wesley Performance Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody - an ACR version could look like this.

The folks at FCA may be seeking to turn the Dodge Challenger into some kind of big bodied bruiser on the road course. And no, we’re not talking about the Challenger Scat Pack, the Hellcat Widebody, or the dragstrip-oriented 1320 Edition. Because according to a big report for the folks at Mopar Insiders, there’s a Dodge Challenger ACR coming in time for the nameplate’s 50th anniversary. And, according to the report, it will be legally limited for track use only.

As originally teased from a SEMA concept from several years ago, a Dodge Challenger ACR could end up featuring plenty of kit from the Dodge Viper ACR parts bin, according to the report. So that means carbon fiber dive planes, a massive and adjustable rear wing, and a detachable front splitter, and several lightweighting enhancements, such as stripping down the interior. However, Mopar Insiders says that Dodge will put interior components back in – such as the passenger’s seat – for just $1. This hilarious option scheme was first shown with the Challenger SRT Demon and Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320.

The outlet points to the Wesley Motorsports Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye as an early clue for what to expect. The racer campaigned at the treacherous Pikes Peak Hillclimb, as well as various Gridlife events.

The suspension of the new Wesley Motorsports car is largely stock, save for the factory dampers have been replaced with Bilstein MDS units. The interior, exterior, wheels, and tires have all been modified to optimize the car’s handling for the road course, while keeping it legal for most production-based classes. Most obvious among the Wesley Motorsports Dodge Challenger Hellcat modifications is the aerodynamic work – featuring a massive chin spoiler and elevated rear wing, which provide the extra downforce needed for cornering at speed.

While the track prowess of the Dodge Challenger muscle car tends to exceed expectations, a road-course dedicated Dodge Challenger ACR may be a bit out of the nameplate’s comfort zone. There’s currently no word on how many examples will be built, but with the lifecycle of the current-generation Challenger entering its twilight years, it’s nevertheless fun to see (and speculate) on what Dodge will come up with next.

Dodge Challenger ACR

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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